Neroli Essential Oil

neroliLatin name Citrus aurantium – Family species Rutacea

Neroli oil is also commonly referred to as Orange Blossom or Orange Flower (the source of the oil). Neroli is also sometimes referred to as Neroli Bigarade. The flowers to make the oil are picked right before they open, and the oil is expensive as it takes many blossoms to make just one ounce of essential oil.

“…only small amounts [of Neroli essential oil] are needed for a luxurious bath or body oil, hair scent, or romantic room fragrance. In skin creams it is gentle enough for dry or sensitive skins and encourages healthy cells, aiding the complexion, mature skins, stretch marks, and scars. Neroli is very relaxing and reassuring for depression, anxiety, and sexual apprehension.” -Lesley Bremness in Crabtree & Evelyn Fragrant Herbal

Oil Selection Guide

Color – Pale yellow (darkens with age)
Viscosity – Watery
Scent – Sweet, green, floral, intense, fresh, rich
Perfume Aroma – Middle / top note

Oil Source Information

Plant Type – Tree
Parts Used – Flowers
Countries of Origin – Italy, Tunisia, Morocco, France, Algeria, Egypt, United States (California)
Extraction Method – Steam distillation

Known Chemical Constituents

Pinene, limonene, linalyl acetate, linalol, nerolidol, nerol, geraniol, citral, methyl anthranilate, indole, jasmone

Uses of Neroli

Neroli oil is used in aromatherapy and is also used in cosmetics, eau de colognes, toilet waters, and perfumery. The commercial food industry also uses Neroli.

Neroli blends well with

  • benzoin
  • clary sage
  • coriander
  • frankincense
  • geranium
  • ginger
  • grapefruit
  • jasmine
  • juniper
  • lavender
  • lemon
  • mandarin
  • palmarosa
  • petitgrain
  • roman chamomile
  • rose maroc
  • rose otto
  • sandalwood
  • sweet orange
  • ylang ylang
  • yuzu

Recipes and Ideas

Air Fresheners and Room Sprays
Fragrant Dishwashing Liquid
Massage Oil Blends with Essential Oils

Special Precautions*

* See Safety and Usage.

References and Resources

See References and Resources page.

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